Live Video: John Doe with Mike McCready

Live Video
Janice Headley
photo by Jim Bennett (view set)

We were already honored to have legendary musician John Doe of punk pioneers X joining us in the KEXP studio, so you can't imagine our surprise when he walked in with the also-legendary Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. Doe's musical partner Exene Cervenka caught a cold during the Seattle stop for the band's cleverly-named "X-Mas 2013" tour, so Doe called on his old tour mate from 1999. With just a 45-minute notice, McCready grabbed a guitar and joined his friend on the mic. "I'm nervous," he admitted to DJ Troy Nelson, but he needn't have been: clearly as much of a fan of X as we are, he knew just when to jump in on classic tracks like "See How We Are" and "The New World," and could be seen quietly mouthing along the lyrics in the background. McCready even jumped in to ask an interview question of his own. This special session is a wonderfully warm capture of two talented friends — enjoy the laughter, learning, and music below:

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